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Matthew McConaughey on surviving teenage sexual abuse: ‘I won’t let it defeat me’

Matthew McConaughey has reiterated in a new interview that he won’t “let the trauma of being molested or blackmailed” as a teenager be “beaten”.

The actor first opened up about the experiences in his 2020 memoir Green light, reflected on the “ugly” experiences on Amanda de Cadenet’s podcast The conversation: About the men.

in the Green light, The Oscar winner revealed he was molested by a man when he was 18 “while being knocked unconscious in the back of a van”.

He also said he was blackmailed into having sex for the first time “when I was 15”.

During his conversation with de Cadenet, which took place on Sunday (18 Interstellar The actor said: “I will not be afraid of relationships because my first experience was blackmail.

“This is an aberration. No, it is not. And if I keep going — and I’m not going to let it get me down,” he continued, adding, “‘Do I deny it happened? no I don’t deny it happened. It happened.”

He said he chose not to bring “that baggage” into his life or “how I treat people and how I trust people and how I look at the circumstances, the risk I can take.”

McConaughey also said, “After that, I had some healthy sexual relationships and girls I liked and they liked me, and we kind of got intimate and it was nice and awkward and all those things, but it wasn’t ugly that it was.”

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McConaughey shares three children with his wife, Camilla Alves.

Speaking to de Cadenet, the actor recalled how his late father, James McConaughey, taught him about “the birds and the bees” and the importance of content.

“…He talks to me, he says, ‘Son, as a man in the situation,’ talks to me about a heterosexual relationship, ‘If you ever feel the girl, the woman, hesitate, stop,'” McConaughey shared.

“He even said that, he’s like, ‘You might even feel like they’re hesitating, and then when you stop, they might be like, ‘Oh, no, no, come on.'” Not. Hold on until next time,'” McConaughey added.

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